COUNCIL STATEMENT

Re: Governor Holden's Visit

October 23, 2003

Council employers are, of course, appreciative of Governor Holden's interest and we share his concerns. We all want the same thing -- for our associates to return to work.

In fact, at this time, we are in contact with a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Commissioner has asked that we refrain from commenting as to whether or not bargaining sessions are held and from releasing further details.

It's important to remember that experienced negotiators and a federal mediator spent six months working out the details of a very fair contract, which was agreed to and recommended by the Union. Council employers have no interest in increasing the cost of this contract.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with five regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

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